Bach: Mattheuspassion/Matthew Passion BWV 244

Today is Good Friday for Christians of the Western communion (for us, this year, it’s the 6th day of Passover). In honor of the day, herewith Bach’s immortal musical setting of the Passion story from the Gospel according to Matthew.

Here is a historically informed performance in chamber tuning (A=415 Hz, a semitone down from modern concert pitch), with HD video:

While here is a powerful performance in modern concert pitch (audio only):

More than one Lutheran has been known to refer to J. S. Bach as the Fifth Evangelist. The music will make you understand why.

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